Parsons sits out against Jazz with back spasms

Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons, Houston’s second-leading

scorer, is sitting out against the Utah Jazz with a sore back.

Parsons has been bothered by his back for several weeks and had

spasms near the end of the Rockets’ win over San Antonio on

Saturday.

Parsons, who is averaging 17.2 points per game, did not

participate in the team’s shootaround Monday morning and was a

game-time decision. He has had back-to-back 20-plus scoring games

and also had 24 points to lead the Rockets over the Jazz 104-93 on

Nov. 2.

Francisco Garcia got his first start of the season in Parsons’

place.